TechSummit Rewind #039: Samsung Unpacked event

Editor’s Note: This is a special edition of the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

Samsung took to the stage at a press event at New York’s Lincoln Center, and announced two of the most rumored smartphones other than the iPhone: the Galaxy Note 5, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Here’s what you missed.

With 4GB of RAM, both smartphones offer “the most powerful capacity and processing power on the market,” according to the Seoul-based company, enabling users to multi-task, keep up with messages, update social media, and “enjoy graphic-heavy games without suffering lag time.”

The Galaxy S6 edge+ features a curved 5.7-inch 4K 2560×1440 (518ppi) Super AMOLED screen, while the Galaxy Note 5 provides productivity features like SideSync, along with a refined S Pen to “better serve the major multitasker,” according to Samsung.

As social networking becomes more ubiquitous, consumers expect to share the moments of their lives through photos and video. Samsung is also enabling that desire with improved video capabilities.

These include Steady Video, which provides digital video image stabilization on both cameras for “sharp, crisp video on-the-go,” and video collage mode, which allows users to record and edit short videos in various frames and effects. The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5 also feature 4K video filming and Live Broadcast, which lets users instantly live streams 1080p HD video straight from the phone to any individual, group of contacts, or the public through YouTube Live. Anyone who receives the YouTube link from a Galaxy S6 edge+ or Note 5 user is able to stream live video from his/her mobile device, PC, or smart TV with YouTube connectivity.

Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 users will also benefit from Samsung’s advanced camera, including Quick Launch to double click the home button to launch the camera in less than one second, auto real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), optical image stabilization (OIS), and brand new filters.

The two devices feature Samsung’s wired and wireless charging technology and the embedded wireless charging technology is compatible with virtually any wireless pad available today. With wired charging, both devices can be fully charged in roughly 90 minutes, and through Samsung’s latest wireless charger, they can be fully charged in approximately 120 minutes.

Samsung’s newest devices are also upgraded to support SideSync, which offers both wireless and wired PC smartphone integration for seamless device connection. Thanks to auto detection and quick setup, users can connect their Samsung device to their PC/tablet to access files and data across all platforms.

In addition, the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5 feature enhanced security features with KNOX active protection and the My KNOX app to further protect sensitive data.

Samsung Pay

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Samsung Pay, the company’s mobile payment service, is now available in Korea and will launch on September 28th in the U.S. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint verification and digital tokenization, Samsung Pay works with both the traditional magnetic strip technology used by today’s credit cards, and NFC technologies.

“At Samsung, we believed in the promise that large screen smartphones could actively address some major consumers pain points by providing users with a better viewing experience and more productivity on-the-go. With the launch of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5, we’re reemphasizing our ongoing commitment to bold, fearless innovation that meets the needs of our consumers.”

-JK Shin, Samsung Electronics IT & mobile division president

Galaxy S6 edge+

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ features the same design as the Galaxy S6 edge, with the new Apps edge for accessing your favorite apps, as well as ‘People edge’ for accessing your favorite contacts. Either edge mode can be accessed by swiping the edge display.

Here is the spec sheet:

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Dimensions: 4 x 75.8 x 6.9mm, 153g
  • 1Ghz Quad-core + 1.5GHz quad-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • Cameras: 16MP rear, 5MP front
  • 3,000mAh battery

Galaxy Note 5

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Inspired by the Galaxy S6’s design, the Galaxy Note 5 ergonomically fits in one hand with a narrower bezel and curved back.

The Note 5 includes an all-new S Pen that offers improved writing capabilities and a variety of practical tools. A clicking mechanism offers the ability to pop the stylus out with a click. Users can also quickly jot down ideas or information when the screen is off without unlocking the phone. The Air Command feature is more intuitive and practical as well; now the icon hovers for instant access to all of S Pen’s tools from any screen at any time. Users can also annotate on PDF files and capture lengthy web articles or long images at once via “Scroll capture.”

Here is the spec sheet:

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Dimensions: 2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm, 171g
  • 1Ghz Quad-core + 1.5GHz quad-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • Cameras: 16MP rear, 5MP front
  • 3,000mAh battery

Both devices are rolling out now in 32GB or 64GB storage options in white, black, gold, and silver.

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